ESPN Changed a “Monday Night Football” Graphic Mid-Game Because Fans Hated It

ESPN took real-time criticism in stride and changed the yellow graphic

ESPN Makes Mid-Game Change to "MNF" Graphic Because Fans Hated It
Monday Night Football logo on a TV camera. (Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
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By Evan Bleier / September 10, 2019 10:20 am

A new yellow graphic on Monday Night Football had football fans seeing red, and ESPN was able to pivot in a hurry.

During Monday’s game between the Texans and Saints in New Orleans, The Worldwide Leader debuted a neon yellow down-and-distance marker in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen which many found to be confusing.

Viewers immediately took to Twitter to complain about the graphic because, being bright yellow, it had everyone thinking there was a penalty on a play when there wasn’t.

To the network’s credit, ESPN took the real-time criticism in stride and changed the graphic by the time the second half started.

That was a smart move because keeping the annoying graphic up could have overshadowed what was otherwise a great product and the best primetime game of the week by far.

The Saints ended up winning 30-28 on a last-second field goal by place-kicker Will Lutz from 58 yards out.

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